Saturday 10 December 2016

'It's very important for Ireland' - Eamon Dunphy pleased with Aiden McGeady's move

Published 01/02/2016 | 20:01

Aiden McGeady
Aiden McGeady

Former Republic of Ireland international Eamon Dunphy believes Aiden McGeady has resurrected his chances of being involved in Euro 2016 by joining Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the rest of the season.

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There had been rumours that the Glasgow-born winger could move to Sevilla but has opted for a move to the Owls.

Having spent most of the season out-of-favour at Goodison Park, McGeady will be hoping to impress Martin O'Neill enough to earn a spot on the plane to France at Hillsborough.

Speaking on Game On on 2FM, Eamon Dunphy said: "He'll be playing football for four or five months, he hasn't had any game time this year so he had no chance (of making the Ireland squad for Euro 2016) staying where he was.

"If he goes to Sheffield Wedneday, who actually have aspirations of being promoted, and does well there, it gets him fit mentally and physically and match fitness for the championships and that's important for Ireland because he has the potential, even as an impact sub, to make things happen."

It was also a very good weekend for another Irish international with Darren Randolph in brilliant form between the sticks for West ham in their goalless draw at Anfield on Saturday.

"The other good news was Darren Randolph who was man-of-the-match at Anfield, he's the reserve goalkeeper at West Ham. That was amazing," Dunphy added.

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